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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.5

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.5
page 379



sm joined, m my honour and life, riot to ïbflfer you, -or any of your people, to enter this town/ /l" : You may flippole the duke of Lancafter Was much aftonifhed and. enraged at thefe orders ; not fo fpuch with thé knight, but with thofe who had given them j for when he had been labouring for the good of England, they were fo fufpiciousofhim that they had refufed him admittance into the firft town of England, on his return from Scotland. He fuppofed that great fault had been found with him : however, he did not open his thoughts or inten-tions further, and no longer prefTed the knight. He faw no fuccefs could come from it, for the knight would never have afted as he had done if he had not had exprefs commands : he therefore changed the fubjeét of converfation, and afked fir Matthew if he had heard any news from England. He an-fwered,—* None, except that the country was in confufion, and that the king had written to the principal towns, barons and knights of this country to be ready to come to him the moment he fhbuld fend for them, ftri&ly forbidding, under pain of lofing their heads, all governors and captains of town and caftles in Northumberland to fbffer any one whatever to enter their places ; and be aifured they will punctually obey. But, with regard to the common people who are in rebellion about London, I know nothing I can depend on to relate to you, except that the officers in Suffolk, Lincoln, Cambridge, Stafford, Bedford and Norfolk have lent information that the commonalty under their command, are very eager affairs fhould turn out ill, and


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